Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 750ml corked bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip. Limited Valentine's Day run (recently announced to be produced again in 2012).
A: Rich amber with ruby hues, foamy tan head, nice lacing. Unfiltered particulate in suspension.
S: The rich chocolate aroma is quite impressive. An earthy hops aroma as well, but for the most part this smells like Christopher Elbow chocolate.
T: Milk chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops. A bit of a roasted coffee flavor lingers behind the chocolate. There is a sweetness that permeates that is too much for me, personally. Chocolate beers tend to be too sweet for my palate in general. The taste doesn't mask the ABV as much as other offerings in Boulevard's Smokestack Series.
M: Medium-bodied, nice malty creaminess. Not much drying of the mouth for the alcohol content. You taste the alcohol more than you feel it.
D: I really don't know if I'm going to be able to finish this 750. There was a huge amount of hype locally surrounding this limited edition ale. I can appreciate the superior craftsmanship that went into this beer, as evidenced by the appearance, smell, and mouthfeel. I simply do not enjoy the taste. Like I said, chocolate beers are too sweet for my palate. If you like chocolate beers, however, this is a must try. I'm glad I tried it, but my fears were confirmed. I just can't appreciate chocolate as the main event in a beer.
UPDATE: Yep, I finished the 750.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2011 04:11:51 | More by tito42
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